Lightning struck the Osborn Avenue headquarters of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Company Monday night, shorting its radio, telephone system and one of thee garage doors, ambulance officials said. The lightning set off the building’s automatic alarm and a smell of smoke persisted. Officials said the systems have not yet been restored and EMTs are using portable radios in the interim.
• A Riverhead woman reported that a purple 1995 Nissan Quest was stolen from a Marcy Avenue driveway last Tuesday, according to town police. The woman, who did not own the car but was borrowing it from her boss, said the crime occurred between noon and 8 p.m.
• Debra Merril was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and harassment in an incident on Kay Road in Wading River Sunday evening, town police said. At the same time, police charged Joy Parson with second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. The arrests occurred about 5:30 p.m. No further details were available.
• Patricia Burton was charged with harassment in an incident on Union Avenue in Riverhead Monday. The arrest occurred about 10 p.m. No further details were available.
Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.